APERITIVO HAPPY HOUR
Please join us from 5-8pm for our weekly Friday Happy Hour. Lovely little snacks for a buck or two, extra-fancy cocktail specials, gourmet slushies, cheap-and-great Cava... This week the wonderful DJ E*Rock plays choice electronic music.
5pm | FREE!
Everybody dance now!
9pm | $5.00 day of show
SNAP! is the brainchild of Ms. Coco Madrid, originally ignited by the musical talents and tastes of DJs Palmer "Freaky Outty" Auty and Chip "Colin Jones" Brokaw in 2007. Spawned in the dingy nooks of Branx in Portland, Oregon, the night was born out of the ferocious, crate-digging appetites of Palmer and Chip, alongside the need to establish a party for people to appreciate the early to mid-90s sounds of hip-hop, house, RnB, and bass-heavy club remixes that were in desperate need of dusting off. The music collections of Freaky Outty and Colin Jones were ready to be released upon the masses, an antithesis from the oppressive, thuggish aesthetic dominating Top 40 airwaves at the time. An arsenal of vibrant, jazzy, afro-centric, uplifting, and joyful club bangers had been amassed and was ready to resuscitate a youthful feeling of nostalgia amongst clubbers in Portland and beyond.
Fast-forward 2012: SNAP! is an institution. Having moved out of the confines of Branx and into the limelight of Holocene, one of Portland's most prestigious and popular nightclubs, the night has amassed popularity beyond capacity, powered by the razor-sharp turntablist antics and exclusive edits of Doc Adam (PDX -- Ante Up, Crossfaded Bacon) alongside the unimpeachably deep crates of Colin Jones (PDX -- Big Green Jones Show).
Plus special guest DJ:
Hosted by Mr. Marcus
Join us for good times and club music at this dance party! Just $5 before 11pm.
9pm | $8.00 day of show
We bring you the hottest joints from the golden era of Hip Hop to the most bassy TRAP cuts, JUKE, BMORE/JERSEY/PHILLY Club Music...
8:30pm | FREE!
Good Idea features PNCA students and alumni using the space as a platform for experimentation and collaboration, producing new material and side-projects specifically for Holocene. This one night event will introduce audiences to PNCA through experimental live music, sound, video, and DJs across a range of genres.
Danger Punch (Andrew Lorish, Keil Fletcher, and Tim Janchar)
Alex Ian Smith
Eileen Isagon Skyers
Rival Consoles (live)
Elegantly crafted dream pop from this Swedish duo.
8:30pm | $12.00 advance $12.00 day of show
I BREAK HORSES is the musical project led by Maria LindÃ©n. From her Stockholm base, the Swedish artist delivered an extraordinary debut album in the shape of Hearts, released by Bella Union in August 2011. Forward two years, and the arrival of an eagerly awaited follow-up, entitled Chiaroscuro, is upon us. The latest chapter in I Break Horses' much celebrated songbook is everything fans could wish for and more. In the words of LindÃ©n: "My only aim when starting to write this album was to ignore any possible second album expectations." The result is a more confident and evolved sound with a more dramatic expression.
With Chiaroscuro, I Break Horses have created a fully-realized and utterly captivating tour-de-force. New sonic terrain is compellingly explored by LindÃ©n, where electronic beats and synth-pop soundscapes replace the more shoegaze based-sound of their debut. As a result, there is a marked immediacy and directness to the new songs. As LindÃ©n states: "I found myself writing almost all the sketches on the piano this time." The music was recorded, mixed and produced by LindÃ©n, with first lp wordsmith Fredrik Balck providing lyrical ideas from the images he derived from the music. Finally, LindÃ©n and Balck would finish the lyrics together.
The title of Chiaroscuro -- meaning "light-dark" -- serves as the perfect embodiment of LindÃ©n's sonic creations, where an atmosphere and mood is created that evokes innermost feelings and thoughts residing beyond the surface reality of the material world. Affecting ballads such as 'Heart To Know' and 'You Burn' are wrapped in fragile beauty. 'Denial' and 'Medicine Brush' are sublime synth-pop odysseys whose pulses guide you to new horizons. 'Faith' is a dance anthem complete with hypnotic beats, swirling synths and the mesmerising looped vocals of LindÃ©n. "I let myself write both the happiest songs but also the saddest, and then I put them together", states LindÃ©n. This arrangement of light and dark forms the essence of Chiaroscuro.
'Ascension' is rooted in a gorgeous 80s synth-pop sound, where LindÃ©n's vocals melt into the lush sonic tapestry. The song deals with love and forgiveness. An irresistible groove lies at the heart of 'Disclosure' where a divine purity is distilled in the intricate array of instrumentation. 'You Burn' is perhaps the album's centrepiece, as well as being the opening track, where a brooding darkness envelops the surrounding human space. The delicate piano chords drift magnificently amidst Linden's searching lyrics. I Break Horses are one of those rare bands capable of conjuring up raw emotion through a sound that is ultimately something life-affirming.
Don't miss this London-based group, with a sound which NME describes as "vital" and a "bold, promiscuous approach to art-rock"
8:30pm | $10.00 advance $10.00 day of show
When Breton first emerged from their south London, all-purpose base - dubbed BretonLabs - with a series of EPs and last year's full-length debut 'Other People's Problems', their intensely creative, multi-disciplinary approach rendered them difficult to pigeonhole. A band who made films on the side? Filmmakers and visual artists with a fully-realised soundtrack? A 'collective'? But sod the pigeonholing. Because all you really need to know to understand Breton is contained in singer and chief songwriter Roman Rappak's impassioned assertions above. Breton, completed by Adam Ainger, Ian Patterson, Ryan McClarnon and Daniel McIlvenny, are simply a band that put their life and soul into every little detail of 'it'.
After their inception Breton quickly established themselves as not only musicians, but a team of artists interested in all realms of the creative process. Having produced a series of their own short films with the gritty, uncensored aesthetic of their locality, a selection of video and sound design work for the likes of The Temper Trap, Penguin Prison and Tricky followed, as well as remixes for Local Natives, Alt J and Lana Del Rey. Breton's three early releases (2010's 'Sharing Notes' and 'Practical' EPs and 2011's 'Counter Balance' EP), meanwhile, slowly began to flesh out their own musical direction.
Initially performing live largely because it was more practical to project their film work behind them at readily-available gig venues than to find traditional, less available media spaces, it soon became clear that the band were developing a musical following in their own right. A further EP -- 2012's 'Blanket Rule' -- began to pique interest on a wider scale, with early support coming from The Guardian, Xfm and NME, while 'Other People's Problems' (recorded in the Labs and released in March 2012) garnered widespread critical acclaim, cementing the band as one of the year's most exciting breakthrough acts. NME declared the record to be "casually brilliant" and "vital", remarking that the album's wealth of ideas hinted that the band "have barely scratched the surface of what they want to, and what they can, achieve." BBC Music, meanwhile, praised the record for possessing "mass appeal on its own terms", while Clash labeled the band "agitators of sound".
Following a year spent touring incessantly and playing festivals across the world, Breton then retreated in early 2013 to create their second long player 'War Room Stories' -- written over the course of the last year and recorded this summer in an abandoned broadcasting building called the Funkhaus in the grimmer side of Berlin.